At a glittering London awards ceremony on Thursday 12th May, Maybugs won The Great Gifts Award for ‘Independent Gift Retailer of The Year.’ 

At the ceremony at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel, Maybugs we’re up against 5 other finalists in the Independent Gift Retailer of The Year Category (London, South, South East + East Anglia)  


Maybugs, Eastbourne and Hailsham – WINNER

Bill & Bert’s, Colchester
Etcetera, Hitchin
Gifts With Love . . . Middleton-on-Sea
Jumping Bean, Beckenham, East Dulwich and Honor Oak
Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

Criteria: Independent gift retailers in London, the South & South East and East Anglia who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the past year, to include their range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

Greg Rose co-owner of Maybugs said, “This award has been won by our dedicated and hard-working team, and of course our fabulous customer base who have supported us every step the way. Everyday we strive to be the best possible retailer we can, bringing unique products and the most desirable brands to our customers in Hailsham, Eastbourne and online. We can’t wait to open our new store in Bexhill next month!” “As a thank you we are giving all of Team Bug a special golden bottle of Fizz in recognition of everything they have done to contribute to the win!”

John Dale added “It’s means so much to us to get this award, to be recognised as the best independent gift retailer in a 150mile area is just astonishing! However, this award doesn’t mean we will stand still, we will continue to innovate and seek out the newest and most exciting brands and products for our customers.”

Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home which organises The Greats awards said, “Winning a Greats Gift Retailer award has become the pinnacle for gift retailers both large and small – a prestigious, coveted retail trophy that recognises excellence, initiative, innovation and professionalism at the highest level.”

Maybugs is an independently owned gift and homewares retailer, established in 2018. Owned by couple Greg Rose and John Dale.

Maybugs currently have two stores located in Hailsham’s Vicarage Field and Eastbourne’s Terminus Road.

Maybugs is opening a third store in Devonshire Road, Bexhill in June 2022.

You can also shop online with maybugs at

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2022 sets out to recognise and reward the crème de la crème of the UK’s amazing gift shops and gift departments.  With the competition now in its 20th milestone year.

The Greats Awards is not only a celebration on the day, It’s a year-round benchmark of excellence in the gift sector.